Weekly Update 4/1

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) hosted a special luncheon via Zoom celebrating the efforts of our dedicated volunteers from local Japanese American community groups who have donated hours of service to clean and maintain the Ehime Maru Memorial in Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru which suffered the loss of nine lives, including four students, two teachers, and three crew members.

Due to the COVID restrictions on gatherings, this February’s memorial ceremony was cancelled and a private wreath laying ceremony was conducted instead. The ceremony is typically attended by many of our volunteers along with visitors from Japan. During the virtual luncheon, the video of the ceremony was presented while attendees partook in special bento from Natsunoya Tea House that were made available for drive-through pick- up earlier in the morning.

EMMA President, Reyna Kaneko, expressed sincere gratitude to the volunteers from many organizations in Hawaii who have cleaned the Ehime Maru Memorial each Saturday of the year since its unveiling in 2002. One of the volunteers commented that she enjoys meeting Japanese visitors who come to the memorial to pay their respects while her group cleans the memorial. Mr. Ken Saiki, EMMA Director, who coordinates the volunteer groups for weekly maintenance and cleaning, also thanked and encouraged them to continue nurturing the relationship with Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City through their activities.

The Ehime Maru Memorial Association would like to thank all the volunteers again who continue to support and care for the memorial and in turn, the bereaved families. A huge mahalo to Minamoto Kitchoan and Lotus Spirits for donating favors for our volunteers. JASH serves as the administrator of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association and works to preserve the memory of the lives lost in this tragic accident and to maintain the memorial in perpetuity.


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